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Life In Sadr City As US Forces Leave

There is no question US forces have done an excellent job of restoring the semblance of law and order to many parts of Baghdad, but the very success of such operations only adds new problems. Fighting has ended in Sadri City but resident feel trapped and uncertain as walls go up and checkpoints established to monitor traffic. Unfortunately, walls and checkpoints only add to the sense of being harassed in one’s own city. As a resident, Abu Ali, put it: “Because of this wall.. this wall of misery, we are living in a prison.. like being in a ghetto.” Although there is no armed conflict now going on, it is still clear the Mahdi army is alive and well armed. Residents know they can not antagonize these insurgents who may one day be completely in charge of Baghdad, particularly if Americans leave.

An urban area containing a wall and numerous checkpoints makes for difficulty in trying to move around, a problem compounded by lack of adequate transportation. People have a tendency to ignore and past and focus on today. In Baghdad today, American forces are responsible for walls and checkpoints and the almost certain minor issues that arise when civilians and military interact.

Madness of Iraq Continues In Death And Destruction

The madness that is kown as the war in Iraq continued over the weekend with an attempt on the life of Iraq’s president, bombings in Sadr City and an explosion that resulted in the death of four US Marines. Iraq’s first lady escaped unharmed from a bomb attack in downtown Baghdad although four of her guards were injured. The United States military said 11 al-Qaida insurgents were killed while a powerful roadside bomb killed four Marines in the deadliest attack in months. Amid the violence, Admiral Patrick Driscoll vowed to maintain crackdowns on Shiite militia and al-Qaida insurgents. US military used drones and Bradley fighting vehicles to kill 18 militants n Sadr City.

Iraq’s health authorities said at least 10 people, including two children, were kiled in the apst 24 hours in Sadr City. The miitary aspect of fighting militants continues, but, little is said about the diplomatic component of fighting terrorism in Iraq. There are threats, there are bombs, but what is being done to bring together disparate groups within Iraq society in order to create the semblance of a unified government? Death and destruction are the order of the day.